75% of GPs in Cork registered for free under 6 care – Buttimer

Free GP Care for children under 6 - 00125th June 2015

The high rate of registration by GPs in Cork to deliver free care to children under 6 will benefit children and families across the county. Over 75% of GPs have signed up for this scheme which is part of the process of rolling out universal health care. I would encourage parents to sign up for this scheme at www.gpvisitcard.ie.

As well as high registration from GPs a large number of children are already signed up. Over 54,000 children have been registered for free GP care which begins on July 1st. It is great to see that parents are registering their children for free GP care in such high numbers.

With the implementation of free GP care for under-6s, we are taking another important step on the road to universal healthcare. This follows the recent agreement on free GP care for over-70s. These measures will help ensure good quality primary care for the youngest and oldest in our society. It is best, where possible, to identify and treat illnesses locally, either in your local doctor’s surgery or primary care centre. By improving primary care we aim to reduce the demand on our hospitals which are under extreme pressure.

All children under-6 will benefit from the new enhanced service including age-based preventive checks focused on health and wellbeing and the prevention of disease. For children diagnosed with asthma doctors will carry out an annual review of each child where asthma has been diagnosed.

Posted under Carrigaline, Children & Youth Affairs, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Health

Cork prioritised for new Garda vehicles – Buttimer

24th June 2015

  • Cork City Garda division is to receive 24 new vehicles this year, the most of any division across the country

It is reassuring to see that Cork is being prioritised in the allocation of new Garda vehicles. The Cork City Division which extends as far south as Carrigaline and Crosshaven is to receive 24 new vehicles this year, the most of any division across the country.

In total 49 new Garda cars will be allocated across Cork in 2015, that is almost one new vehicle each and every week. This will really help the fight against crime in our communities.

So far this year 34 cars have been issued to Cork and another 15 will be issued in the coming weeks. This is part of the Government’s comprehensive plan to fight crime and to improve the resources available to the Gardai. In addition to this 2015 allocation, €27.5 million was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014, which was an increase on the €4.8 million allocated by the previous Government in Budgets 2009-2011.

Fighting crime is not just about Garda vehicles, it is also about increasing the number of Gardai. Following the closure of the Garda training college in Templemore this Government allocated funding so that it could be reopened for new recruits. Last September 300 new students entered the college with another 250 recruits starting their training this year, bringing the total to 550.

As well as strengthening our Garda force and increasing the numbers of vehicles, the Minister for Justice, France Fitzgerald, is bringing in legislation to strengthen our response to burglaries. Too many people have had their homes violated and the proposed measures include longer sentences for repeat offenders.

The increase in Garda resources, the allocation of new vehicles and new Gardai in training show a clear commitment to tackle crime. All of these developments will enable the Gardai to continue to provide an excellent service to our local communities.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Crime, Douglas, Justice & Equality

Parliamentary Question: Flood Relief Schemes Status

Question to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Mr. Brendan Howlin, TD)

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress being made on the flood relief scheme for Douglas in County Cork; when each stage of the scheme is expected to be completed; the funding that has been allocated to this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 23, June, 2015.


The Douglas Flood Relief Scheme is being progressed by Cork County Council as the Contracting Authority for the project as part of an overall scheme for Douglas and Togher, with funding being provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW). It is expected that the Scheme will be brought though Planning in the third quarter of this year. Subject to the proposed scheme being accepted, the detailed design will be commenced and it is anticipated that this will take until the middle of 2016. Procurement of a civil works contractor will then be undertaken by Cork County Council.

The Council expects construction to commence in the second half of 2016, subject to satisfactory completion of the necessary procurement and approval processes.

The OPW is fully supporting the Council in the progression of this Scheme and has made provision for the cost of implementing the scheme in its financial profiles to 2017.

Posted under Cork, Douglas, Parliamentary Questions, Public Expenditure & Reform

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